Ecolab Unveils the Largest Hygiene Research and Development Center in Europe for the Healthcare Sector

Ecolab and Anios have more than doubled the capacity of their Luce Letartre Center of Excellence in Sainghin-en-Mélantois, in the north of France

September 11, 2020
Inauguration of the Luce Letartre Center of Excellence in Sainghin-en-Mélantois

Sainghin-en-Melantois, France – Sept. 11, 2020 – Today, Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services, and Laboratoires Anios, an Ecolab company specializing in solutions for the healthcare sector, inaugurated the expansion of their Luce Letartre Research Center in Sainghin-en-Mélantois, in the north of France. The 2,000-square-meter center doubles the site’s research and innovation capacity and will help accelerate the company’s ability to launch innovations for infection prevention in the healthcare sector.

Joining Ecolab and Anios for the inauguration event were Franck Riester, the French Minister for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, the French Minister for Industry; and Nicolas Ventre, the Deputy Secretary General of the Northern Prefecture.

"Ecolab has a long-lasting and widespread presence in France, and this investment shows that its confidence in the French economy remains very high," said Franck Riester. "International investors trust in France, because our pro-business agenda is clear, and remains so. The 'France Relance' recovery plan supports this strategy, supporting and transforming our economy towards a green, competitive and sustainable model. 

The Ecolab-Anios facility is the only research center in Europe to integrate dedicated labs for chemistry formulation, microbiology, analytical chemistry and virology, the latest addition to the group’s capabilities. Equipped with the latest technology, this research center can develop hygiene and infection prevention products to fight infections in a healthcare setting and demonstrate the effectiveness of the product portfolio on all types of bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts and other emerging microorganisms that could be present in a hospital environment. The entire research center has dual GLP and ISO: 17025 certifications, contributing to its international recognition and compliance.

"This Center of Excellence has capacity and capabilities that are unmatched in Europe," said Chafik Hilal, general manager of Ecolab Europe’s Healthcare division. “This expansion supports our growth ambitions combining the scientific and commercial expertise of Ecolab and Anios to help hospitals eradicate healthcare-acquired-infections (HAIs) and protect public health. HAIs are responsible for 37,000 deaths each year in Europe."

Initially constructed in 2012, the expanded Luce Letartre Research Center has the latest technologies to develop and test the effectiveness of new disinfectant formulations on infection-causing microorganisms. With its increased capacity, the 37 employees at the facility will be able to conduct more than 22,000 tests per year and provide robust data as the companies pursue product registrations in multiple countries.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of health and effective hygiene measures. To support healthcare facilities in their fight against SARS-CoV-2, Ecolab and Anios have significantly increased the production of infection prevention products, such as the alcohol-based hand rub Aniosgel. The Sainghin-en-Melantois site has been operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week since February 2020, increasing overall production by 20 percent and doubling output of alcohol-based hand gel to supply the French market and other areas throughout the world.

About Ecolab
A trusted partner at nearly three million commercial customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services. With annual sales of $13 billion and more than 45,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions, data-driven insights and personalized service to advance food safety, maintain clean and safe environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies and sustainability for customers in the food, healthcare, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.

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